Am I a Nosy or Helpful Neighbor?
I'm not sure, maybe both.
Yesterday morning I was looking out my window searching for my favorite winter bird. I happened to look at our neighbor's house on the opposite corner. It's the same neighbor that I just wrote about below.
I noticed a young man making trips into the house and bringing out things, like a small t.v., computer monitor and tower, backpack full of stuff and a garbage bag full of stuff. All this time he was looking around very nervously. It was apparent nobody else was home so I'm thinking; are they being burglarized? I contemplated calling the police but being a family with a lot of teens living there, something is always going on. People are coming and going all day long, but this looked strange. When I noticed that he was about ready to leave I casually went outside to look around my garden as if that's what every normal person does in the fall-almost-winter. I had a pen and paper with me and wrote down his license number, and make/model of his car.
Then I stressed all day worrying and beating myself up that I didn't call the police. I waited all day for someone to get home. I have not had a conversation with these people for over a year now, but when they came home I felt I had to ask if they had knowledge of someone coming over to take items out of their house. The mom drew a blank for a second and then said that it was her daughter's boyfriend; they had just broken up and he was getting his stuff. She thanked me and we had a few words of small talk and then I went home.
Then I felt stupid. Stupid for jumping to conclusions and damn grateful that I did not call the police. I don't want to be one of those old ladies that look out of their windows all day trying to figure out what the neighbors are doing.
Now if had been a real burglary I would have been prepared and I would have been the helpful neighbor. Now I just feel like the nosy neighbor.